The first passengers have travelled through the UK’s newest airport terminal to board a flight to Menorca.
A Jet2 flight to the Balearic Island destination on Wednesday was the first to take-off from the expanded Terminal Two at Manchester Airport, which is the centrepiece of the hub’s £1billion transformation.
Work started on the project in 2017 and – despite a delay of more than one year because of the pandemic – the facility was officially opened by Manchester Airport’s Managing Director Karen Smart and Jet2.com’s General Manager at Manchester Airport, Marc Burns, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A range of new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants also opened their doors, with more to open throughout the week as passenger numbers increase.
Two further Jet2 flights will depart from the terminal today, and from tomorrow, TUI passengers will join them. It is hoped that more airlines will fly from the new terminal in the coming weeks as demand for travel increases.
Karen Smart, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: “This is a hugely significant milestone for our airport, our city, the North as a whole and the wider recovery of the travel industry.
“After a hugely challenging 16 months, we are delighted to be delivering some positive news and welcoming the first passengers into our new terminal extension.”
Jet2 chief executive Steve Heapy added: “The new terminal extension at Manchester Airport is fantastic news for our customers, and we are delighted to be the first airline to take off from the expanded terminal this morning.
“From today all of our flights will depart and arrive from the expanded Terminal Two, with the exception of arrivals from Jersey.”
More than 8,000 tonnes of steel have been used to create the new terminal extension, which is 81,000 square metres. It is large enough to accommodate Manchester United’s Old Trafford pitch 11 times over, with room to spare.
Benefits to the wider region have included the creation of more than 1,500 jobs in the construction phase alone, including more than 150 apprenticeships giving young people an opportunity to take their first steps on the career ladder.
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